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    Emily Malone

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Filming a Cooking Show In My Kitchen!

So I have a ton of fun recipes and pictures to show you from today’s farm cooking (including kohlrabi!), but I couldn’t wait to show you something even more exciting first.  I’ve been working behind the scenes for a few weeks with the awesome team behind CLTBlog – a local web resource for everything Charlotte. 

They have some really fun projects coming up, including one featuring yours truly!  We are putting together a local healthy cooking television segment, and the filming started today – so cool!

The concept was that I would choose a simple, healthy recipe and show viewers how to shop for the items, as well as prepare and cook it back in the kitchen.  From the grocery store to The Front Burner – a complete meal. 

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I met the CLT group at my favorite grocery store – Healthy Home Market.  What I thought would be a small production was actually multiple cameras, a three-man crew, a microphone down my shirt, and a lot of people staring at me.  I was super nervous and felt totally awkward for the first few minutes, but I think (I hope!) I got the hang of it after the first few takes.  I walked and talked – giving healthy and economical shopping tips as I made my way around the store picking out ingredients. 

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Once we finished shooting footage at the store, the whole crew headed back to my house to shoot the cooking portion of the show. 

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While the crew got everything set up and ready for the shoot, I got all the ingredients prepped and ready.  What was I making?  The famous vegan bean burgers of course!

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It was so crazy to have all this super high tech stuff happening in my house! 

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They even rigged up a camera above my head so that they could shoot straight down on the cutting board.

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And once it was all set up, we were ready for lights, camera, ACTION!

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See the camera above my head? 

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I found the actual cooking part of the segment a LOT harder to do than the grocery store scenes.  I think at the store I felt really natural and comfortable, but trying to cook and make it interesting for television was a totally different animal.  It is HARD to be personable and confident with all eyes on you!

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One for the bloopers reel?  :)

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After all the prep work was done, we shifted the set over to the stove so that we could do part two – cooking the burgers.  Look how insanely intense I look!  As I explained to the very patient and understanding camera crew, I am a writer, not an actress!  :)

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I waited while the guys reset all of the light and equipment.  From the first time we set foot in this house, I always joked that the kitchen was set up perfectly for a cooking show – with the floating island stove and the cutout window at the cutting board.  Little did I know it would actually come to life!

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For the cooking bit at the stove, I decided to rock my Front Burner apron – thanks MOM!  :)

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Shaking off my nerves again…

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Aaaaaaaaand…ACTION! 

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The rest of the shoot went well, and when all was said and done, I think I did a pretty good job.  I probably have a bit more work and practicing to do before I send in my application to Next Food Network Star, but for my first time I’ll take it. 

Soooo many thanks to the awesome team from CLTBlog for reading my blog, finding me interesting, and trusting me with their video segment.  I can’t wait to see the final cut!

Like I said, I have joked about having a “cooking show” kitchen, but never thought something like this would actually happen.  Here’s hoping that the rest of my culinary dreams might come true…

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Kristina     at 12:18 am

this is AWESOME ! :)

it looks so fun… congrats!

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Help Meghan Run     at 12:22 am

That is SO exciting Emily! Looks like you had an awesome day. :D I love the way you write, and I bet that translates wonderfully to the camera. You’re well on your way to cooking show stardom. ;) (Does it bother anyone else that they don’t have a vegetarian cooking show on the Food Network?!)

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

It REALLY bothers me!! But I plan to fill that void some day. No worries :)

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Lisa (bakebikeblog)     at 12:30 am

Oh my – I have been missing your posts!!! How awesome is this – you look like such a pro!!!

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Welcome back! I FINALLY got my Google Reader feeds fixed! :)

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Dustin     at 12:39 am

Emily, The Next Food Network Star! I’m with Meghan. While I may not be a vegetarian (quite the opposite, really), there definitely should be a show on there for it. Or that other channel they just came out with (The Cooking Channel. Like food network, but without all the not-cooking shows)

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Ginna     at 12:51 am

Wow Emily! You are a cooking star now! Have u ever thought about sending in an app for Top Chef or a show like it?!

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Maybe some day. There are no good vegetarian shows, so lord knows someone needs to fill the void!

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sassy molassy     at 1:01 am

Aw this is awesome! Good luck!

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Marina     at 1:02 am

Wow, Emily, this is great! I am sure you did much better than you think :)

And I absolutely love your kitchen!

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

thanks! my kitchen is the ONE thing about this house that i will miss when we move.

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Beverly     at 1:02 am

That is so exciting! Congratulations. Keep it up!

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Jayna     at 5:25 am

Oh my gosh! That is so exciting!!!! I hope this segment becomes available to watch online for all us front burner fans from out of town!

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

It will be online, as well as on Charlotte’s PBS channel. I will post a link – no worries! :)

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Neen     at 6:09 am

Wow thats really exciting – congratulations – things are moving so well for you this year arent they!

I’m with jayna – i hope we’ll be able to watch it online? x

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Ann @ Appalachian Appetites     at 6:43 am

Congratulations!!! That is amazing! I’m smiling so big…Just so happy for you!

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Lee     at 7:35 am

You’re famous!

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alexe @ soyaetchocolat     at 7:37 am

Wow cool! Congratulations! Will we be able to watch in online?

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

For sure! I’ll post a link when it’s available.

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Madison     at 7:43 am

Congrats, Emily!

P.S. My husband and I made your Spicy Chocolate Peanut Butter Tofu last night and it was AMAZING. Seriously… it was like a flavor explosion in my mouth. It was the perfect blend of salty, sweet, and spicy. Perfection. So yum.

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

AWESOME! You know I haven’t gotten much feedback on that recipe, so it’s great to hear that you tried it and liked it as much as I did. I think it’s one of my best ones!

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Katie (Sweet Tater)     at 8:03 am

this is fantastic! i can’t wait to see it! congratulations!

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kelly     at 8:24 am

How fun!!! Are you going to be the next Food Network Star??! :)

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

maybe some day! i think i have a few years of practicing left in me. i need to get on there soon though before someone beats me to the vegetarian angle!

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Jen     at 8:43 am

Ah how COOL! Can’t wait to see it! I could totally see you on the Food Network one day!

And I get what you mean by nerves. My first career path was in sports broadcasting and I had to abandon it because I got such bad stage fright every time the camera came on!

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Brittney     at 8:47 am

Wow, that’s awesome Emily!! I think you’d be great on The Next Food Network Star. You have a unique food point of view and I love seeing and hearing about all the things you cook. You inspire me!

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

awwww thank you!

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Annie@stronghealthyfit     at 8:52 am

SO cool, congratulations!! That’s so exciting.

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Anne     at 9:01 am

How COOL!!!! :)

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Desiree Kane     at 9:01 am

I (obviously) love this post! You are so camera-friendly, even when you’re being intense! :P We had a great time working with you!

For all you Front Burner fans, the segment will run on local TV here but the expanded content will be available online. I’ll keep Emily in the loop and provide a link when it becomes available for distribution.

Side note: I meant it when I said you’re free to rely on us if you have any questions.

Thank you SOOO MUCH for lending us your talent! I can’t wait to see the segment either! I know it rocked. :)

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Thanks Desiree! It was so fun. Justin fixed my Google Reader feeds last night, so I am forever grateful. :)

Let me know when they have some edited footage!

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Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries     at 9:15 am

You might be the cutest person alive. I have a friend that’s a vegetarian and I just passed on your famous bean burger recipe to her. Hope she likes them. Even though I’m a meat eater, I’ve also been dying to try them for some time. Need to get on it. If possible, please post a link to this segment when it airs!!!

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

THANK you! :) I hope your friend likes the burgers too! Definitely try them when you get the chance. :)

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Marie D     at 9:16 am

That’s amazing! Very Rachel Ray of you.

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sarah     at 10:16 am

Good thing you’re such a hottie, Em.

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

haha thanks cuz!

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Katie     at 10:23 am

So cool! Congrats! You look great on camera. I learned in grad school rather early on that I am NOT the biggest fan of the camera, hence why I am a newspaper reporter and NOT a broadcaster. Haha!
Can’t wait to see the final package!

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

That’s what I kept telling them – “I am MUCH better at writing this stuff” – haha :)

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Shannon     at 10:46 am

Congratulations. This is just a fabulous post.

I was recently filmed in my classroom for using http://www.wolframalpha.com with my students (I am a teacher) and was SO nervous. It is amazing to experience such a thing and then watch the end result after the magic of editing takes place. Sort of surreal.

You look beautiful in the pictures and I am sure this will only lead to bigger and better things for you.

Keep up the great posts. I had the French Lentil/Green Bean salad for dinner the other night and LOVED it!

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Thank you! I hope the magic of editing happens to me too :) Glad you liked the lentil salad – yum!

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Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life)     at 10:50 am

Oh wow, what fun stuff you have going on! And healthy home market is my fav store too- I just discovered the one in davidson and am in LOVE!

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Colleen     at 11:07 am

that is so cool!

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Jen Lilley @ a delicious life     at 11:36 am

you’re adorable. I can’t wait to see the video! This is seriously very exciting!

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Amber K     at 12:08 pm

That is so cool! Congratulations, I’m sure you did great.

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Olivia     at 1:36 pm

Emily, this is amazing! Congratulations on a big accomplishment — I hope we get to see the finished product!

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Erin     at 2:07 pm

You go girl! I think a Food Network show with your premise of farm to table would be terrific :)

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Catherine     at 2:16 pm

Congratulations!! What an exciting project. You look adorable, and I’m sure you did wonderfully!

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Katie @ Life... Discombobulated     at 3:15 pm

Congrats! That’s so awesome!!! I’m sure you’ll be posting the video once it’s done? :)

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

of course! :)

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Jessica     at 5:22 pm

That’s wonderful news! Good luck!

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Elaine @ Om Sweet Om     at 6:43 pm

Hi! I just found your blog, and I must say this is sooo cool! Congrats! :-)

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Welcome welcome!! :)

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Eunice     at 7:06 pm

So awesome. Can’t wait to see the end result!

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Alicia     at 9:30 pm

So I gotta say, that out of all the foodie/cooking/health blogs I read, yours is my fave! You have a great style of writing that is just easy and comforting to read. Keeeep it up :-)

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Wow thanks!! :)

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Pure2Raw Twins     at 9:59 pm

Congrats! That is awesome ;) Looks like a lot of fun! I will have to check out that health food store next time I am in Charlotte, thanks!

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Brynne     at 11:34 pm

Ahh that’s so exciting! Congratulations!

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Simply Life     at 9:08 am

oh my gosh, what an amazing experience! congrats!

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Katie McClel     at 4:55 pm

Emily! Next Food Network Star is absolutely the PERFECT place for you! I’ve been thinking all along reading your blog that I see TV cooking in your future…
(no jinxing going on, but here’s to hoping I see you up here in NYC at some point!)

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Thanks Katie! :)

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paola     at 1:28 pm

Being in front of the camera is never easy if you’re not used to it. Some people are just naturals… some just take time get a hang of it. Good luck with your show!!

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leah     at 8:32 am

Any chance you have the link for the finished video?

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